I spent the afternoon yesterday playing Mass Effect 2 with Younger Nephew, or, since Mass Effect 2 is a single-player game, coaching him through playing Mass Effect 2. (Younger Nephew's most frequent commentary besides, "This game is really fun!" was, "I wish it had a multiplayer mode!". Do any of the Mass Effect games have a coop mode? Or are there any similar games that have multiplayer mode?)
It was interesting watching his progress from the last time we played the game. He no longer chooses dialogue options seemingly at random. It's really entertaining watching Commander Shepherd, hero of humanity, being played with the social skills of a 9 year-old boy. When there are characters that it's clear Shepherd doesn't like, he tends to choose the dialogue options that straight up say, "I don't like you." Whereas with his own allies, he alternates between telling them how nice it is to work with them and saying, "Just do things my way!" He is an impatient commander.
I'm not entirely sure how much of the overall story he's grasping, although it's clear he's getting some of it. At one point, during a conversation with the Illusive Man, he turned to me and said, "I get the feeling he's not really a good guy." On the other hand, his relationship with the crew is very utilitarian. At one point he explained to me that he likes Garrus better than Miranda because Miranda "only has two guns."
I don't think he's going to be at all interested in any of the romance storylines. Oh well. Maybe when he's ready for Dragon Age.This entry was originally posted at https://wshaffer.dreamwidth.org/363402.html. You can comment here or there.